Students Admitted with an English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR): Foundation Program required

Your ESLA Studies begin in your First Term of Study
You will have one calendar year from your first term of registration to complete the ESLR (e.g. receive a B- or higher in ESLA 1900). You are expected to register in an English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (ESLA) course every term until you satisfy the ESLR.

If the level of your ESLA placement is below the acceptable level for admission to Carleton University, you are not permitted to register in credit courses at the University at this time.

STEP 1: Register using Carleton Central:

Check the ESLA Course Level to Register In
Levels of ESLA: ESLA 1300; ESLA 1500; or ESLA 1900. Check your ‘Administrative’ holds for the first level of ESLA you must register in. Placements based on test results are valid for two years after the test date.  Placements based on ESLA final grades are valid for one year.

Register in Your ESLA Course
Register as soon as possible; space is limited. You don’t have to wait to complete an ESLA course level before you are allowed to register for the next level of ESLA.  As soon as your fall registration is complete, register in the next level of ESLA in the winter term.

Register in Your Non-ESLA Course(s)
Your ESLA hold will also indicate the maximum number of other credit(s) you may be permitted to register in. The course load listed in your ESLA hold may have further restrictions. Please note:

  • If you are a student admitted to an Undergraduate degree program (e.g. Bachelor of Arts)
    Take courses required for your program. The course load listed in your hold is valid during a fall or winter term. The summer term course load may be lower than the one listed in your hold (see the Students Admitted with an ESLR section of the summer website for more information on summer course loads, In the future, if you have a final grade of B- or higher in your ESLA course, once your ESLA holds have been updated you may be able to add more non-ESLA courses to your next term’s registration.
  • If you are a Special Student
    In the fall or winter term, you are allowed to register in ESLA plus another 0.5 credit each term regardless of the course load listed in Carleton Central. In the summer term, you may only register in your ESLA course (and no other courses) unless you have accepted an offer of admission to an undergraduate program in the upcoming fall term (see the Students Admitted with an ESLR section of the summer website for more information on summer course loads,

Ensure that you are correctly registered
If you do not register according to your ESLA hold (ESLA level and/or course load restrictions) and you were admitted with an ESLR (Foundation Program required) you can be deregistered from all your courses for the term or have your registration changed by the Registrar’s Office.

STEP 2: Activate your Carleton Email

Make sure you have activated your Student Computing Account (which includes your MyCarleton email account) by visiting The university only communicates with students via this official email account. Remember to check your email account regularly.

Contact Us
For more information about credit ESLA courses, the Foundation Program, and the ESLR, visit the SLaLS website, email SLaLS, or telephone (613) 520-6612, or come in person to 358 St. Patrick’s Building.